There has been a congregation of worshipping Christians in the Rothes area from around th 7th century. The buildings used from worship have been located in various sites. The first identifiable site was at Chapel Hill at the south end of the town. The chapel was dedicated to "Our Lady of Grace". This chapel was replaced in 1555 by a new building in Burnside Street, and it was dedicated as the Church of St Lawrence.
The first Presbyterian Minister was James Lesley. When the building known as "The Church of Rothes" from the late 17th century onwards, became unfit for a meeting place, it was replaced with the present building in 1781. Various alterations and additions have been made to it, including the addition of a vestry in 1812, extensions and heightening of the walls in 1865, and the clock tower and steeple in 1870, harling was removed from the walls in 1954, and most recently in 1987, the former boiler house was reconstructed to form a rest room.
The present parish includes Orton, Inchberry, Rothes Glen and Dandaleith. There was once the following places of worship:- A chapel at Orton (dedicated to Our Lady of Grace), St Nicholas Chapel at Boat O Brig, St Collins Church at Macallan and the Church of Dundurcas.
The ruined Church of Dundurcas closed in 1782 and is now the scene of an annual open air communion service.
In the town itself there was a United Free Church (dating from1843) and they occupied various buildings, but latterly worshipped in the formes church building now used as a store on the opposite side of the street from the present church. The congregation became known as the Rothes High Church in 1929 and united with the Parish Church in 1939 to form the present congregation.
The Ministers who have served in the Parish Church since the turn of the century are:-
Rev. Wm F. Jenkins 1895 - 1939
Rev. J.B Kirkpatrick 1939 - 1942
Rev. Wm M. Hannah 1943 - 1950
Rev. W.S. Armstrong 1951 - 1955
Rev. D.E. Gunn 1956 - 1980
Rev. R.J. Mellis 1982 - 1988
Rev. I.C.Warwick 1989 - 1999
Rev. R.J.M Anderson
Founded in 1897 by John Hopkins
by the Granty Burn
Founded in 1878 by James Stuart & co
Using water from Donnie Burn
Founded in 1840 by John & James Grant
The first distillery to have electric light
See our Glenrothes page
Founded 1898, mothballed 2002
The memorial was unveiled in 1921 by the Countess of Seafield and has the names of the 71 men from the parish who died during WW1.
The names of the 17 men who died in WW2 were engraved onto a large plaque and added to the memorial.
In 2015 a plaque was added to the memorial commemorating the awarding of the Victoria Cross to Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith (then Lieutenant-Commander).
"for most conspicuous bravery on command of his Majesty's submarine (H M Submarine E.11) while operating in the Sea of Marmora"
Rothes Castle was built by Peter de Pollock, around after being commanded by William I to build a castle to control the Rothes strech of the River Spey apparently built as a keep of serveral stories, a courtyard and an outer wall.
Edward I stayed at Rothes Castle
In the castle and lands passed to the Leslie family, later to be come the Earls of Rothes.
The castle was damaged in by attacks
The castle was demolished in
After the stone from the castle was reused, when Rothes developed as a planned township
View of Rothes from the castle remains
, little remains of Rothes Castle, except one wall and some stunning veiws of Rothes and the surrounding countryside.
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